Orlando Weight Loss Clinic Guest Blogger Stephanie Eisenberg

Orlando Weight Loss Program Guest Blogger

Greater Orlando Medical Weight Loss|Stephanie Eisenberg

 

Food Addiction

I’ve had a love affair with food since as long as I can remember. I say affair, because the term tends to have a negative connotation. I love to eat. I eat when I’m bored, I eat when I’m not. I eat when I’m hungry, and I eat when I’m full. I use food to escape my stress, but in turn, food stresses me out. I’m a self diagnosed food addict, and I’m not alone.

I grew up watching my mother’s weight fluctuate from healthy to skinny to overweight and back. She struggled with many of the same things I found myself struggling with. My mother and I flat out love food. We also love living in denial.

This is a picture of me in college my senior year:

I was an athlete, and in the best shape of my life while on the swim team. I still ate practically anything I wanted, but it helped that I was spending hours a day in a pool swimming as fast as I could.

This is me one year later:

Here’s where the denial kicks in. My food habits didn’t change, but my life sure did. I met a guy (whom I’m now married to) and I started my first job, which was in live television- extremely stressful to a 22 year old. I stopped working out, because I felt I didn’t need to, or I was too tired, or too stressed. I still ate the same way, and that’s how I let myself go. One thing I’ve realized about myself
through this process, Is that you can’t just change the exercise you do. Yes, I was in amazing shape when I swam, but I was only treating one part of my health. If you want to succeed in weight loss, you have to be willing to make changes to something many people stubbornly holdonto- their diet.

This is what happens when you’re stubborn. This is me this past March:

You get big. You get diagnosed as being morbidly obese at 27 years old. You find out you become at risk for serious health problems. It’s scary but it’s a wake
up call, and a necessary one.

This is what happens when you take control of your weight:

I started in April, and I’ve dropped 42.8 pounds. I started my journey at 245.8
pounds. I currently weigh 203 pounds. I don’t remember the last time I saw that
number. I am still addicted to food. I still crave certain things, but I’m learning what I can eat, how I can prepare it, and how it still can be utterly delicious.

Life’s too short to not be happy. I’ve never been prouder of myself and my own
achievements. I graduated from college, got an amazing job right after getting my degree, and started working in a top 20 television market at 23 years old. But I’ve never been happier with an achievement that I’ve made, than I am with taking control of my health. I get it. Life’s stressful. Sometimes you want to give in and quit. I know this for a fact. In my short life, I’ve lived through family stress, work stress, the stress of having a special needs brother who took up a great deal of my young adult life (of which I’m grateful for, I must add), but stress doesn’t have to control your life. You can. This program works for me. I’m happy, I’m healthy and I’m motivated. That in its self is a success. The weight loss is just a bonus.

Until next month,
Stephanie